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Heading for Medals with Rohacell

11 February 2007

Many star athletes are entering the Biathlon World Championships in Antholz, Italy, with Madshus skis using Degussa Rohacell foam cores.

In early February, South Tirol will be very much under the sway of the biathlon, when the crème de la crème of the increasingly popular winter sport will meet in Antholz at the world championships. Among the numerous participants are German sportswoman and sportsman of the year and Olympic gold medallists in 2006, Kati Wilhelm and Michael Greis. Biathlon champion Ole Einar Björndalen from Norway will also be in at the start. These three athletes have one thing in common - skis from Norwegian manufacturer Madshus, incorporating Degussa Rohacell rigid foam as the core material.

The success enjoyed by the three star biathletes at the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006 and at this season's competitions is by no means down to chance, but is the result of tough and disciplined training and the ultimate in equipment. The skis are extremely important in this context, because they must enable the competitors to move from shooting range to shooting range quickly and safely. Norwegian manufacturer Madshus has for many years been using the Rohacell rigid polymethacrylimide (PMI) foam core material as an integral component of its skis.

According to Gunnar Bjaertnes, Head of Development at Madshus, the Degussa's product is distinguished by its outstanding dynamic properties. On top of that, its ease of forming makes for excellent processing, he says. ""And we dramatically reduced the weight of the skis using the sandwich core material from Darmstadt,"" Bjaertnes adds.





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